QuarkNet Data Portfolio
A collection of proven instructional activities developed around data strands that help students develop an understanding about how scientists make discoveries.
The Data Portfolio organizes activities by data strand and level of student engagement. Activities differ in complexity and sophistication—tasks in Level 1 are simpler than those in Levels 2 and 3. While each level can be explored individually, students that start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. Teachers select activities to offer a learning experience of an appropriate length and level for their students.
A collection of proven instructional activities developed around data strands that help students develop an understanding about how scientists make discoveries.
The Data Portfolio organizes activities by data strand and level of student engagement. Activities differ in complexity and sophistication—tasks in Level 1 are simpler than those in Levels 2 and 3. While each level can be explored individually, students that start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. Teachers select activities to offer a learning experience of an appropriate length and level for their students.
Activity Name  Data Strand  Level  Curriculum Topics  NGSS Practices  Topic  

Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles. 

Mean Lifetime Part 2: Cosmic Muons Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime. 

Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA Students collect data from muons which decay in the MINERvA detector in the Fermilab NuMi beamline to understand particle decay and determine the muon lifetime. 

Particle Transformations Students discover the rules of particle transformations using transformation diagrams. 

Quark Workbench 2D/3D Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks. 

QuarkNet STEP UP Women in Physics Lesson #3 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion. 

QuarkNet STEP UP: Careers in Physics Lesson #2 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion. 

QuarkNet: Changing the Culture Lesson #1 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion.


Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. 

Shuffling the Particle Deck Teams of students organize cards depicting fundamental particles based on their characteristics. This activity is a foundation for learning about the Standard Model and parallels the methods used by scientists to organize the elements into the period table. 